to every one of wh [which] I bowed in cordial self [abasement] & was lifted right [royally] [prudency] a [banding] [exultation] & [nearing] the shore the last [heaved] me ashore into the [shinny] grass & the flrs the finest water [ ] I [ever] [experienced] As if made new all sins [remitted] [with] new heart & right spirit go & sin no more. [Salter] [braced] ran bounding along the beach with blood tingling as if [had] [descend] a new [glacier] So joyous & exciting [ ] though while swimming [ ] the [water] was salt or fresh light or heavy. Some say it is hard to keep ones feet [beneath] water too [dense] for easy swimming I was [sensible] of nothing but joyous exhiliration the [water] [sound] so [ ] its sound strange when [ ] that no fish can live in it they abound in the Jordan & Utah Lake but perish when put in here as if cast into a fire. The whole was exciting as if one were rolling on amid the clouds of a thunderstorm
Original journal dimensions: 8.5 x 14 cm.
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